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Cheesy Baked Potatoes with Pancetta

This quick and easy meal is inspired by the French classic gratin potatoes, but with a delicious twist: pancetta and cheese. This is a great comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of year.

preparation: 20 minutes

making: 35 minutes

total: 55 minutes

servings: 4 servings

nutrition: 700 calories per serving

cuisine: French

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg of baking potatoes
  • 130g of smoked pancetta dice
  • 200ml double cream what is?
  • 150g of grated cheddar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp butter

Method

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into slices half a centimetre thick.

Potatoes slices in a pan before cooking Potatoes slices in a pan before cooking

Place them into a pan, cover with water, boil and simmer for 10 minutes until half cooked, then drain.

In this recipe I am using smoked pancetta cubes. If you using pancetta in a form of a smoked bacon slice, cut it into strips and then into cubes.

Smoked pancetta dice in a pan Smoked pancetta dice in a pan

In a small frying pan or skillet fry the pancetta for 3-4 minutes until browned and crispy, then set aside.

Fried smoked pancetta dice in a pan Fried smoked pancetta dice in a pan

Heat the oven to 200C.

Mix salt, ground pepper and dried thyme in a small bowl.

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Prepare an ovenproof dish and grease the bottom and the inside edges inside with a little butter.

I used an oval dish with a length of 28cm and a width of 19cm.

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Lay out half of the potatoes into the dish, season them with half of the spices.

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Pour half of the double cream and add pancetta.

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Cover with a third (⅓) portion of the cheese.

Ready disk for Cheesy Baked Potatoes before baking Ready disk for Cheesy Baked Potatoes before baking

Place the rest of the potato slices, add the remaining seasoning, double cream and another third (⅓) of the cheese.

A disk for Cheesy Baked Potatoes covered with tin foil ready to put into the oven A disk for Cheesy Baked Potatoes covered with tin foil ready to put into the oven

Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil and add the remaining third (⅓) portion of grated cheese.

Bake uncovered for 5 more minutes or slightly longer until the cheese melts and is golden on top.

Nicely baked Cheesy Baked Potatoes with Pancetta in an ovenproof dish Nicely baked Cheesy Baked Potatoes with Pancetta in an ovenproof dish

Serve hot in portions.

Decorate with chopped fresh parsley.

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